Bomb Blast in Pakistan,50 injured from the blast

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We have confirmation of 3 dead and 50 injured from the blast at the procession site,” said a senior government official in the city of Bahawalnagar, in Punjab province

Millions of #Muslims around the world celebrate the last day of #Muharram, #Ashura, to commemorate the most tragic and dramatic day in Islamic history. Today, in #Pakistan a bomb attack killed and injured dozens in one of these events.

A roadside bomb exploded among a procession of Shia Muslims in central Pakistan on August 19, killing at least three and wounding over 50 people, local police said.

Security was high as the religious minority marked Ashura during the holy month of Muharram, a flashpoint for sectarian violence in previous years.

“We have confirmation of three dead and 50 injured from the blast at the procession site,” said a senior government official in the city of Bahawalnagar, in Punjab province.

Social media videos showed bleeding victims lying on a road being assisted by members of the public.

A local police officer, Kashif Hussain, also confirmed the death count to AFP.

“The nature of the explosion is not yet clear as a team is still collecting evidence from the scene,” he said.

Authorities have suspended mobile phone services in major cities as a security measure during Ashura processions. Residents in many urban centers were experiencing signal jams on Thursday. The streets leading to procession routes were also blocked.

Ashura commemorates the killing of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Hussain at the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD — the defining moment of the religion’s schism and the birth of Shiite Islam.

The procession later resumed and people continued with the ceremonies, the officials said.

Sectarian violence — in particular by Sunni hardliners against the Shiites who make up roughly 20 percent of Pakistan’s 220 million people — has erupted in fits and bursts for decades in Pakistan.

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